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Shadow Box Puppet Theater

A very important factor in your toddler’s development is taking part in imaginative play.  This is partly because imaginative play is a natural way for children to both learn about and express their understanding of their world.  So what exactly is imaginative play?  Imaginary play happens when children use their imaginations to create pretend and make-believe scenarios.  One way to encourage imaginary play is through the use of toy figurines, puppets and dolls, for example.  Today’s post is a great way to get your tot excited about using puppets because it has the added elements of light and shadows!


On alternating Fridays I blog about the final activity of our current theme 


This week’s Theme:Dinosaurs

Activity Description: Make a shadow box puppet theater

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, creative, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months


  • Make your shadow box puppet theater (Find a medium sized box to use)

1.   Use a box cutter knife to cut out the front and back of your box but leave a boarder so that your box will retain its structural integrity. (Our box already had one side removed, so we only cut out the front).  Also if you desire you could cut out the sides too, to see the shadows from different angles.

Cut a large rectangle out of your box

Cut a large rectangle out of your box

O & M decided to get their toy tools to help Daddy cut the box

O & M decided to get toy tools to help cut the box








O & M remove the cut rectangle

O & M remove the cut rectangle

2.  Use lightly coloured poster paper to cover the hole.  Measure, cut, and secure with tape (ensure there are no wrinkles or holes in the paper)

Measure out your paper and cut

Measure out your paper and cut

Cover the hole with paper and tape it down to secure it.

Cover the hole with paper & use tape to secure it.









  • Puppets – You can make puppets and place them onto a popsicle stick or straw, or you can gather figurines and tape a stick or straw to them.
  • Play! – Find a darkened area, use a flash light or similar to shine into your shadow box puppet theater and have fun making & watching little scenarios.
Gather figurines (puppets) and shine a flash light to create shadows

Gather figurines (puppets) and shine a flash light to create shadows


Have a great weekend, we’ll see you on Monday with a new theme and lots more fun learning!

The Egg Between Us

Some days, despite all my best efforts, these two little angels just argue, argue, argue!  (Which often turns into screaming, screaming, screaming and whining, crying, whining!)  Sound familiar?  When times are tense with them, I am sure to include cooperative activities into our day.  It really helps!  It helps in the short-term (turning those screams and tears into smiles and giggles) and I know in the long-run these kinds of activities will help them navigate their relationship as sisters as well as their relationships with others.

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Dinosaurs

Activity DescriptionSave the Egg!:  Tape out a start and finish line.  2 people stand side to side (2 children or you and your tot).  Place a ball/balloon (the dinosaur egg) between you (no hands allowed!). Walk to the finish line without dropping (breaking) the egg!

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social Learning

Specific Skill: Use cooperation to complete a task

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months


  • Introduction: (To begin we read a story)
By Ian Beck

By Ian Beck


  • Give an Example: (Mr. Y was home so Mommy and Daddy demonstrated)

– You can get two children to demonstrate (for a group)

– You can demonstrate with a child (for a group)

– If it’s just you and one child, do one slowly together holding the dinosaur egg (balloon), then do it a second time without hands!


  • Try It!: (The girls suggested that we try different body parts – great idea!)


We had a lot of fun with this, it relieved the tension between them and there was a lot of giggling and smiles…. which was a breath of fresh air!

Trying the bum-to-bum again!

Trying the bum-to-bum again!

Love M's face and stance!

These two crack me up!



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